Gulf Flounder

While Gulf Flounder can occasionally be caught on nearshore rocky reefs, they are generally found inshore on sandy or mud bottoms and in tidal creeks. Their bodies are brown with shading, the color of which depends on the bottoms that they are located in, and have numerous blotches and spots.  These fish have strong canine-like teeth and a caudal fin in the shape of a wedge.  Gulf Flounder typically lie on the bottom and are often partially covered by sand and mud as they wait for their prey to come within striking distance.  They feed on crustaceans and small fish.  Bottom fishing with a jig and live or cut bait can be effective; remember these are ambush predators. They can also be taken with a gig in shallow waters, especially at night.

 

Method of Fishing - Bottom fishing, surfcasting and spinning

Tackle - Bottom fishing and surfcasting with 12 to 30 lb class rod, 12 to 30 lb line, and hook sizes 1 to 5/0. For spinning, try a 7 to 8 foot medium spinning rod, spinning real, 10 to 15 lb line and hook sizes from 2 to 6.

Bait - Fish, squid, crab, worms, and metal lures.